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adventure travel trip to Tanzania
You'll get close, but not too close, to the local wildlife!
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 13 days
    Group Size 2
    Land Cost $8,150 Details
    Single Supplement $1,350
    Additional Expenses See Estimated Budget
    Lodging 2 stars-3 stars
    Grade II
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    Northern Circuit Gems & The Chimps of Mahale

    Safari in renowned Northern Circuit Safari Parks and tracking Chimps in Mahale

    Day 1      Arrive in Tanzania

    Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Mt. Meru Game Lodge, or similar, for your overnight.

    Meals: None
    Lodging: Mount Meru Game Lodge
    Day 2      Lake Manyara National Park

    After lunch and a safari briefing, you will depart for Lake Manyara, nestled on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Enjoy an afternoon walk in the area, with the option of stopping in the market town of Mto Wa Mbu or visit a local school for Maasai children, en route.

    Visit a local shool
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge
    Day 3      Ngorongoro Highlands/Serengeti

    After an early breakfast, drive through the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Highlands, en route to the Serengeti. From here, the predator-rich plains of the Serengeti unfurl before settling into your accomadations for the night.

    See cheetahs and other predators
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Serengeti Simba Lodge or Ang'ata Camp
    Day 4-5      Serengeti National Park

    Spend two full days exploring the Serengeti, the most famous National Park in Africa. Your driver-guide will choose your route based on his extensive knowledge of the park and local conditions, but the Serengeti rarely disappoints. You will have a packed lunch to eat during the safari, so as to make the most of the day. Your trip might include a trail along the banks of the Grumeti River in search of basking lions, tracking cheetah through the Gol Kopjes or hunting leopard (with cameras) along the Seronera River.

    Enjoy comfortable bush camps
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Serengeti Simba or Ang'ata Camp
    Day 6      Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater

    Depart for the Ngorongoro Crater, with a final Serengeti game drive en route. Stop at Olduvai Gorge to visit the site where Mary and Louis Leakey first discovered the remains of Zinjanthropus Bosei, a distant ancestor of man believed to be 1.8 million years old, Australopithecus Bosei, the ‘Nutcracker Man’, a species that became extinct about 1 million years ago and fossilized footprints that date back 3.6 million years. Enjoy a packed lunch, then descend down the 2000-ft walls of the crater, a World Heritage Site and home to nearly 25,000 animals, for a game drive. Here you have a very real chance of spotting the big five: lion, elephant, endangered black rhino, buffalo and leopard plus countless other African mammal species.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Ngorongoro Farm House
    Day 7      Ngorongoro Crater

    Enjoy another day in the Ngorongoro Crater. A picnic lunch will give you time to explore the details of this fascinating wildlife amphitheater. This caldera, formed from a sunken volcano, hosts a unique cross-section of eco-systems, from soda lake to savannah, and is home to almost every major species of African mammal. Your presence does not threaten the wildlife creating an exhilarating proximity to the game that you rarely encounter elsewhere.

    Look out the roof of your vehicle
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Ngorongoro Farm House
    Day 8      Tarangire National Park

    After breakfast, leave for Tarangire National Park. This is the classic Africa of lore with shimmering acacia stands, old baobab trees, and herds of elephant. Enjoy a game drive through the park, en route to the Tarangire Safari Lodge, beautifully sited on a bluff over-looking the Tarangire River. After lunch at the lodge, spend an afternoon of game viewing, exploring Tarangire National Park in a 4WD safari vehicle.


    In the dry-season of July-October, Tarangire National Park surpasses the Serengeti in terms of animal concentration as big herds begin to congregate around the permanent water of the Tarangire River. It is not uncommon to see herds of 50+ elephant as well as many other mammal species including the rare Kudu and Oryx. The park is also noted for its prolific bird life and the occasional sighting of cheetah and the rare African Hunting Dog.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Tarangire Safari Lodge
    Day 9      Arusha / Ruaha

    You will have a final early morning game drive before returning to Arusha for lunch at Shanga River house.  After lunch you will be transferred to Arusha Airport for your flight to Ruaha. You will overnight at Ruaha River Lodge to enable you to catch a flight to Mahale departing from Ruaha early the next morning.


    Upon Arrival in Ruaha you will be met by Ruaha River Lodge driver who will transfer you to the hotel for check-in followed by an afternoon game drive.


    Flight:  ETD 13h30 / ETA 15h40

    Lions roar farewell
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Kwihala Camp (
    Day 10-12      Ruaha / Mahale

    You will fly from Ruaha to Mahale Mountains National Park, located south of Kigoma Town in northwestern Tanzania along the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Gazetted in 1985, the park contains some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees in Africa.


    Here you will have three full day activities, tracking the chimpanzees through their forested and rugged homelands, enjoying the birds, butterflies and unique plants of the park along the way.  The last evening offers sundowners and a beach dinner.


    Swimming, fishing and kayaking can also be arranged while at Mahale.


    For more information about the Mahale National Park, visit:

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Greystoke Mahale Camp (
    Day 13      Mahale / Homeward bound

    Today you will fly from Mahale to Dar es Salaam and homeward bound.


    Alternately, choose to go on to exotic Zanzibar to relax and explore the territory of former sultanates or visit the nearby Chumbe Island, a private marine and forest reserve offering some of the best snorkeling in Tanzania, island hikes and the nightly spectacle of the tree-climbing coconut crabs, the largest living arthropods in the world.







    Meals: Breakfast

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